Issue July 8, 2014

Saying goodbye to NC3

At the Network Center for Community Change, Dana Jackson and Jennie Jean Davidson have started using a new phrase: a no-mascara day. It’s code for when the women, the executive director and deputy director, respectively, might want to avoid wearing any eye-enhancing makeup because crying, and all the smudges and smears that come with it, … Continued

Alessi’s grand finale

Ryan Alessi, like other class acts, is leaving at the top of his game. Tonight, his last broadcast at the helm of cn/2’s “Pure Politics” marks a melancholy milestone in Kentucky journalism. In January, The Washington Post named him among “the best state capitol reporters in America” along with bluegrass state natives Joe Gerth of … Continued

Small town gay bar

The first Southern Indiana gay bar recently opened in New Albany. For many, it is a celebration. Finally, there is a place to go — called The Warehouse — and meet others in the LGBTQ community without having to venture across the bridge to Louisville. For a few, the opening of the bar raises questions … Continued

Premium savings

According to new statistics obtained by LEO Weekly from the administration of Gov. Steve Beshear, tens of thousands of Kentuckians who purchased private health care coverage on Kynect, the new state health benefits exchange, are saving more than $200 each month on their insurance premiums through federal tax subsidies made possible by the Affordable Care … Continued

Inbox — July 9, 2014

Taxi Cab Confessions This rebuttal is to set the record straight regarding certain facts left out of the column by the Bar Belle in the June 18 LEO Weekly. The Bar Belle writes, “They tacked on a ‘Derby’ fee before I had even closed the cab’s door.” She also writes, “I feel like they gouged … Continued


<FEST> July 10-13 Lebowski Fest Executive Strike & Spare 911 Philips Lane Various prices and times Do you know what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps? It’s that time of year again in Louisville, for the 13th year in a row now, 60 fests and 30 cities later. You’d think so … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I am a straight female who was a dominatrix for a while — and out of all the jobs I’ve had, I loved it the most. Working as a secretary — one with a master’s in writing — wasn’t that hard to beat, I guess. But professional dommes aren’t immune to workplace romances, and … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: CASE HISTORIES SET 2 2013; $25.98-$39.98; UR Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy from “Harry Potter”) plays a reluctant, dark PI in this masterful BBC series. A hardened former cop/soldier, his hidden tender side keeps him knee-deep in hard-luck cases with nary a dime to show for them. And these cases tend to … Continued

El Mundo hot sauce? Yes, please

It was sometime around 1999, as a full-time LEO employee, that I first had food from El Mundo. Our Tuesday deadline days were the kinds of days when we really didn’t have time for lunch breaks, so the then-owners would bring in lunch. For the longest time, that lunch came from the relatively new El … Continued

Blaze Pizza is burning up the franchise map

“My name is Robin, and I am a pizza snob.” There. I said it, and I’m not even sorry. I used to be an anti-snob, as I still tend to be about wine, and jewelry, and cars, and a lot of other earthly possessions some people acquire to support their sense of identity and purpose. … Continued

Comedy: Hal Sparks steps forward

You know Hal Sparks. He’s that guy you’ve seen everywhere in everything. He’s a pop-culture fixture that appears so often, you hardly even notice him anymore. A native Kentuckian, Sparks was born and raised in northern Kentucky and even lived in Louisville for a time. In Chicago, he began working with the world-renowned sketch comedy … Continued

A thinking person’s party band

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires’ label, Sub Pop Records, touts them as a party band. But this is one party band that can appeal to the head as well as the feet. “I have always been drawn to music that can be intellectual and visceral at the same time. That’s what I strive … Continued

Book: Building a series, stride by stride

My uncle is a coach. He works at a small liberal arts college where he has spent decades training soccer players to score goals and baseball players to hit home-runs. Yes, these are obvious descriptions, because I am not sporty stock and, frankly, don’t know what he does. But I do know he has quite … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is FRIDAY at NOON the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites.  Wed JUL 9 Baxter’s 942: “Live … Continued

Art: Chicken soup for the artistic soul

While America has been deemed a melting pot, some of us concoct a whole new stew for the world in which we reside. Andrew Abbott lives in a “world soup.” He’s an artist who is truly a global citizen. After spending some time talking with Abbott about his new exhibit at Garner Narrative, I can’t … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

Fortunate son Ernest Shackleton and his crew left England for Antarctica in August of 1914, the month the First World War began. Their ship Endurance was trapped by sea ice and crushed. They were marooned for nearly a year and a half. In May of 1916, when Shackleton finally reached civilization, his first question was, … Continued


Off the shelf If you invite JohnBen Lacy now to a party in 2020, he might get there. The songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Louisville indie rock band Bookshelf, now 29 years old, still used a flip phone until last year. Bookshelf began in 2012; it’s Lacy’s first band. What took so long? “I … Continued